Be Water Wise Miami Teacher Resources
These resources are provided to support Be Water Wise Miami activities in K-12 classrooms. You will need Adobe Reader in order to view these files. For a free download of Adobe Reader, click here.
Download the Be Water Wise School Water Measurement Activity
Supplementary Resources for All Grade Levels
- Background Information
- Suggested homework activity: A Day in the Life of a Drop
- Student Report Outline
- Additional Water Resources
- Flyer for parents: English, Spanish, or Creole
Suggested Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities
The activities provided below are from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Water Sourcebook Series.
- Water Is Very Special: Students learn about the importance of water in our daily lives through a hands-on activity with dried foods. Students create a mural based on a poem about water’s importance.
- So Much Water, So Little to Drink: Students learn about the scarcity of water resources by using different models that represent Earth.
- How Low Can You Go: Students learn about ground water by creating a model aquifer, and creating a plastic bag book that models the water table.
- Drip and Drop’s Adventure: Students learn about water conservation strategies and why they’re important through an interactive puppet show. Students write a class book about ways to save water.
- It’s Time to Conserve: Students create display posters about ways to conserve water at home and at school, to which they can add throughout the year. Students learn about the job of a hydrologist through the creation of a weekly classroom hydrologist.
- Water, Water Everywhere: Students learn about water distribution on Earth and create a class book illustrating facts about Earth’s water.
- Water Goes Around and Comes Around: Students learn about the “human water cycle” by creating a model water supply system. Students learn how to read a water meter.
- Water Works: Students learn how water treatment plants work through a hands-on activity, and write a story about the water treatment process.
- Saving a Resource in Jeopardy: Students learn about water use through a game of Jeopardy, and explore the environmental and economic benefits of water conservation.
- Waste Not, Want Not: Students explore the consequences of wasteful water use through a group activity, and think about ways to use water more wisely.
- Invisible Water: Through a hands-on water measurement activity, students learn about water distribution on Earth and the relative invisibility of ground water compared to other fresh water resources.
- Water Filtration: Students learn about potable water, water purification and water treatment plants through a hands-on water filtration activity.
- Aquifers and Recharge Areas: Students learn about how aquifers work by creating a model aquifer. Students brainstorm ideas about how to protect recharge areas.
- Water Meter Reader: In a take-home activity, students keep track of home water usage by recording the readings on their home water meters. Students consider the implications of their data.
- Home Water Use: Through a take-home activity, students learn about home water use and think about ways to save water.
- Water, Water Everywhere: Students learn about water distribution on Earth, water demand, conflict over water resources and how water is regulated.
- From Ground to Water: Students learn about ground water and gain experience writing and presenting their knowledge to different audiences.
- Groundwater Basics: Students perform calculations of groundwater volume and porosity as well as the volume and recharge rate that will supply a particular well.
- Water You Doing About This?: Students estimate water use at home and think about ways they can conserve water.